Train Master: The Most Powerful Locomotive Ever Built
By David R. Sweetland and Diesel Era
Train Master: The Most Powerful Locomotive Ever Bu
- At the time of its introduction in 1953, the Fairbanks-Morse Train Master was the most powerful single-engine road-switcher unit available to the railroad industry. Marketed by FM as "the most useful locomotive ever built," the TM hauled Southern Pacific commuters up and down the San Francisco peninsula, moved coal on the Virginian Railway from West Virginia mines to Atlantic Ocean ports, and pushed trains over the Appalachian Mountains on the Pennsy. The 2,400-horsepower H24-66 lived up to its billing, but on a much smaller scale than that for which its designers had hoped - 127 Train Masters were built for eight U.S. and two Canadian customers. Also included is a chapter covering the Baby or Junior Train Master, the H16-66 model.
SIZE AND SPECIFICATIONS: 112 pages, 8.5" x 11" vertical-format, softbound, more than 250 photographs, with 24 pages of color. The cover features a specially commissioned painting by noted railroad artist Mike Pearsall. Includes an interview with one of the original Train Master test engineers, as well as a complete roster, disposition listings, and HO-scale drawings of the different carbody variations.